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Sep 30, 2018 Jeffrey Kotyk
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This study explores the introduction and development of foreign systems of astrology in medieval China (Tang to Ming periods), in particular the practice of horoscopy, and how such models were implemented within a Chinese astronomical framework. It is argued that the basic character of such horoscopy was in large part Dorothean, rather than Ptolemaic. It is furthermore demonstrated that Chinese horoscopy was as much an heir to Persian systems of horoscopy as was the Islamicate, a point that has...
Topics: buddhism, astrology, sinology, history, astronomy, history of astrology
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Jul 30, 2018 Jeffrey Kotyk
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“Yixing and Pseudo-Yixing a Misunderstood Astronomer-Monk.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies 31 (2018) 1–37. The present study argues that we must differentiate between the historical Yixing (673–727), an eminent Chinese monk, and the later legend that developed: a pseudo-Yixing, to whom various texts incorporating elements of astral magic and astrology were attributed. Scholars have not adequately differentiated between the historical Yixing and the later fictionalized figure,...
Topics: buddhism, yixing, astrology, astronomy, sinology, history
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Jun 12, 2018 Jeffrey Kotyk
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Kotyk, Jeffrey. "Japanese Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic: Mikkyō and Sukuyōdō." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 45, no. 1 (2018): 37-86. This study investigates the sources of Japanese Buddhist astrology and astral magic while also examining their later developments, arguing that a significant amount of such arts actually originated in the Near East. Two types of Buddhist astrology are identified: “Mikkyō Astrology,” which was primarily used to determine auspicious...
Topics: Buddhism, Astrology, Astral Magic, Japanese Buddhism, Japan
Kotyk, Jeffrey. “Astrological Iconography of Planetary Deities in Tang China: Near Eastern and Indian Icons in Chinese Buddhism.” Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies 30 (2017): 33-88.
Topics: buddhism, china, iconography, astrology
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Apr 16, 2018 Jeffrey Kotyk
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Kotyk, Jeffrey. "Iranian Elements in Late-Tang Buddhist Astrology." Asia Major 30, no. 1 (2017): 25-58.
Topics: astrology, buddhism, iran
Kotyk, Jeffrey. "Early Tantric Hemerology in Chinese Buddhism: Timing of Rituals According to Śubhakarasiṃha and Yixing." Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies 13 (2018): 1-29.
Topics: buddhism, astrology, hemerology, nalanda, yixing, subhakarasimha, vajrayana
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PhD Dissertation (Leiden University, September 7th, 2017) by Jeffrey Kotyk . This study surveys the introduction of astrology into East Asia with a primary focus on the Buddhist experience of Indian and Iranian astrology during the eighth and ninth centuries. It is argued that prior to the introduction of Esoteric Buddhism during the 8th century, the Chinese sangha had no pressing need to observe astrology. However, following the rising popularity of Tantric rituals, which require proper...
Topics: buddhism, astrology, daoism, astronomy, religion